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England vs South Africa CWC 2023

This is going to be an interesting match. England will go in this match to win. They do not want to lose if they want to keep their hopes alive in this tournament. Otherwise, things will get complicated. South Africa will look forward to strengthening their position even more. Watch the match live commentary and highlights in this article. Find the match preview, and later the highlights. You will get some good content.

Read: ICC Cricket World Cup points table 2023

South Africa has had a great campaign so far. Apart from the Netherlands vs South Africa CWC 2023 match, things have been pretty great for them. The upset in that match will leave the Proteas fired up for the match. Otherwise, the Australia vs South Africa CWC 2023 match was ballistic. You can’t really decide what to include and exclude from the highlights.

Read: South African Team for ICC World Men’s World Cup 2023

England needs to win this. They have to win this match. They lost the England vs Afghanistan CWC 2023 match. This was the upset that opened a lot of possibilities for the other teams. The England vs New Zealand CWC 2023 was disappointing for the English as well. Their batters have to step up!

Live streaming ENG vs SA

The England vs South Africa match is going to be a great ODI match. England wants to win, South Africa wants to grab those 2 points, and this is all getting so complicated. But do you know what is not complicated at all? There are different ways you can enjoy the matches live.

Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Live Streaming

Indian fans should make sure they fill the stadium. Come on! Wankede is the place where you won the world cup last time. You have to ensure that the stands are echoing with your chants at every sixer and at every wicket. But you can also watch the match live at Hotstar.

English fans can watch the match live on Sky Sports.


Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Match South Africa vs England
Match number20
Time2 pm Local time.
Match days21 October 2023
UmpiresKumar Dharmasena
Nitin Menon
TV UmpirePaul Reiffel
Reserve UmpireJoel Wilson
Match RefereeJavagal Srinath

Pitch report

Wankhede is a batting pitch. You have to see that the teams who have batted second here have won the most matches. Why? Because this is one of the most humid stadiums in the country. The dew situation is quite sticky here, pun intended.

The average score here is 290+

Once the dew factor hits in the second innings, it becomes harder for the bowlers to grip the ball. This means batting becomes a lot easier for the batters. A hell for the bowlers.

Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Venues

The Pacers get more wickets and success here. This means players like Rabada or Mark Wood get more results.

Key Players

Batters will get a lot more help here. That is a fact. This means that Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler will be the key to England’s woes. Joe Root can play the anchor innings and score runs for the English team. While Mark Wood will be essential here. Topely has been taking wickets, but it is about time Wood took some wickets as well.

Marco Jansen and Rabada will be important here. But Aiden and de Kock are much more important for the South Africans. Beware of the Killer Miller tho. If you are chasing and Miller comes on strike, this is going to be fireworks in the sky.

Possible strategies

There is only one strategy that will work here. You win the toss and you choose to bowl first. Bowl before the dew factor makes it impossible for the bowlers to grip the white ball and do their magic.

Chasing is a rational choice here. This is the best time you can bat and score runs.


South Africans are going to win in this match. Their pacers are in form. And the Pacers are going to make a difference here. This is because both teams have equally charged batters. This means teams with fast bowlers who can control the opposition will have the upper hand. And Rabada and Jansen have been getting some good results here. It is a 60% chance that the Proteas will win this match.


Just like we predicted, England won the toss and they chose to bowl first. This is the rational choice. However, our prediction was correct. And boy, this was some thrashing England took. WOW. South Africa is one of the most lethal teams in group stages.

Playing 11

Quinton de KockJonny Bairstow
Reeza HendricksDawid Malan
Rassie van der DussenJoe Root
Aiden MarkramBen Stokes
Heinrich KlaasenHarry Brook
David MillerJos Buttler
Marco JansenDavid Willey
Gerald CoetzeeAdil Rashid
Keshav MaharajGus Atkinson
Kagiso RabadaMark Wood
Lungi NgidiReece Topely

First Innings – South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA 399-7 (50 overs)
Heinrich Klaasen 109 (67)Reece Topley 3-88
Reeza Hendricks 85 (75)Adil Rashid 2-61
Marco Jansen 75 (42)Gus Atkinson 2-60
TARGET400 runs in 50 overs
  • Things couldn’t have been better for the Proteas. They have scored another high total. If you look at the highest totals posted in the World Cups, South Africa holds 3 out of 5 in the top five rankings.
  • And this today is thanks to the partnership between Klaasen and Jansen.
  • Following Quinton’s early defeat, Reeza and Rassie piled on 121 and laid the groundwork for the others. Reeze and Rassie did not convert, and neither did Markram.
  • But, just as England was about to re-enter the game, the Klaasen-Jansen stand ended it. Klaasen and Marco Jansen formed a partnership to establish it.
  • This occurred after a little hiccup when Markram and Miller departed quickly.
  • When Miller left, there were still 13.3 overs left. Klaasen fought everything with his body and the surrounding elements as the boundaries poured at the Wankhede.
  • Klaasen scored a century, and Jansen had his best ODI score.
  • Extreme weather in Mumbai today will undoubtedly play a role when England comes out to chase. Some of them will be exhausted.

Second Innings – England

ENGLAND 107-10 (22 overs)
Mark Wood 43 (17)Gerald Coetzee 3-35
Gus Atkinson 35 (21)Lungi Ngidi 2-26
Harry Brook 17 (25)Marco Jansen 2-35
RESULTSouth Africa won by 229 runs
  • This wasn’t an England day at all. The early wickets fell, thanks to Jansen and Rabada. Lungi Ngidi was excellent and on the money when he took the Bairstow wicket.
  • Mark Wood and Atkinson tried to save the innings at the end. But it was too late now. Poor stuff from England. Their hopes for defending their title are in the shadows now. They have to be VERY LUCKY to get back in the top-4 race. But it seems too good to be true.
  • No batter could hold the wicket. The run rate was reasonable, but can you achieve this target if you are being bowled out at 22 overs? Not really, man. Not really.
  • Excellent performance from South Africa. They crushed Bazball through and through.

Man of the match

You guys must have seen the man of the match, Heinrich Klaasen, in the photos. The dude just comes up, scores a ton, dresses up like a Roman emperor and watches the match from the dugout. What a view that was. And what a venture it was from Klaasen.

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